Sat Feb 6 NYC 5pm: "Something to That Effect"—Dave Tompkins lectures on the Vocoder—FREE

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This just in from occasional Arthur contributor Dave Tompkins:

I’ll be doing a talk for my Vocoder book How To Wreck A Nice Beach at the Goethe Institute as part of the Unsound Festival. Goethe is located at 5 E. 3rd at Broadway in the Wyoming Building. It takes place at 5pm, this Saturday, February 6, (also known, in the blizzard immediate, as tomorrow). It’s free.

I will be showing images from the book and playing vocoder audio clips from the 1930s and The Future, including the years for which we were more or less present.

“Something To That Effect” will include an ad for Silly Willy Toothpaste, “Barnacle Bill,” German soccer chants rendered from stadium noise, the last house on Mars going bananas, Cold War drones, seashells powered by unvoiced hiss energy, a song called “You’re A Peachtree Freak On Peachtree Street,” my Verizon bill, talking castle winds, talking this, talking that, Phil Collins, and, if time allows, a guy with strep throat singing “Candy Girl.” Whatever it takes. Bring a snowman, win the Super Bowl.

How To Wreck A Nice Beach will be published by Stop Smiling/Melville House at the end of March.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock

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